May 31, 2004

An American Almost Notices The Outside World

Dave Winer is trying to show the wider picture of the nationalities involved in the Iraq conflict.

He starts well...

"When people say it's just Americans in Iraq they're missing something..."

They are. Unfortunately, so is Mr. Winer...

"...America is so diverse, we have people of European, African, Asian, Latin descent."


As someone who often quotes BBC articles, I'd expect him to be better informed. From the top of my head I can list the UK, Japan, Australia and, until recently, Spain; and I don't follow the news stories about Iraq. Five seconds with google shows that in January, 35 countries other than the US had troops in Iraq and the aforementioned BBC provided a summary last month.

What hope is there if educated Americans are so uninformed?

Posted by Adrian at May 31, 2004 08:05 PM | TrackBack

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Our only hope is that some weirdly specific tectonic fault will cause the US to sink suddenly and without warning under the sea. Canda and Mexico will be spared.

(Oh, and all the US citizens that I like will be told in a dream to build an Ark.)

George Bush will escape in Airforce 1, but a freak accident will cause the plane to crash in Gaza, leaving him as the only survivor. Of course, given his even-handed Middle Eastern foreign policy, he'll be well treated by the locals...

Posted by: The Mortal Wombat at June 2, 2004 03:01 PM

Wouldn't that cause just a hugh rise in global sea-levels though? Not what we'd want in hilly East Anglia!

The American's I've met are generally quite nice, it's just as a collective that they seem to suffer. Maybe if it was the Divided States of America their media wouldn't be quite so insular :-)

Posted by: Adrian at June 2, 2004 05:33 PM

Maybe MI6 should get to work on a policy of sowing mistrust and division among the states. Divide and rule!

(Oh, and I was thinking more of the US sinking under the sea, than of the sea rising over it, so East Anglia should be unaffected.)

Posted by: The Mortal Wombat at June 3, 2004 01:26 PM

there are also some Iraqis there too, aren' there?

Posted by: Saltation at June 5, 2004 01:17 AM

Good point. Well made. Let's hope there aren't *any* soldiers there on active duty sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Adrian at June 5, 2004 12:07 PM
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